Wilkes University

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Fast Facts About Wilkes University

Founded in 1933, Wilkes University is a private, co-ed, comprehensive institution. The university is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Wilkes-Barre is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, on the western edge of the Pocono Mountains Region. It is the county seat of Luzerne County and has a population of about 50,000 people.

Wilkes University Facts

Our campus encompasses thirty-five acres and includes eight academic buildings, 20 residence halls, nine administrative buildings, the Eugene S. Farley Library, the Henry Student Center, Annette Evans Alumni and Faculty House, Sordoni Art Gallery, Burns Alumni Bell Tower and Carillon, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, President's Home, Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center (with the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Gymnasium), Ralston Field Athletic Sports Complex, Munson Fieldhouse, and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

"Tour" our campus to see and learn about our buildings and facilities.

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Academically, our calendar includes two fifteen-week semesters, with optional sessions held during the summer and winter (January) breaks. Our Master's in Creative Writing program follows a different calendar.


Wilkes is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Professional accreditation's also include:

  • American Chemical Society
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice/, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission
  • Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Commission on Credentialing
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education

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  • Our enrollment includes about 2,000 full-time undergraduate students from 19 states and a dozen foreign countries.
  • 90% of our faculty have earned their Ph.D. or highest degree.
  • 12:1 student:faculty ratio.
  • Our average class sizes are:
    • Freshmen classes: 24 students.
    • Upper-level classes, 16 students.
    • Graduate classes, 9 students.
  • Our library facilities include more than 200,000 volumes of books and bound journals; 400 current journals; 10,000 full text online journals; microforms, instructional audio-visual materials.
  • We have 16 National Honor Societies.

For current costs please check the Financial Aid area of our site for the most current information.

Honor Scholarships are available. They include our University, Presidential, Achievement, Transfer.

Per our varsity athletics programs. We are NCAA Division III in men's and women's intercollegiate sports. We are also a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC).

Individual admissions decisions are based upon secondary-school or preparatory-school record, class rank, and results of the SAT/ACT examination. Interviews are not required but are highly recommended.

Fun Facts:

20 Things You Should Know About Wilkes

  1. Wilkes has a 98% job placement rate.
  2. Each year, more than 585 freshman take their seats in Wilkes classrooms.
  3. The average class size is 18 students.
  4. More than 90% of Wilkes faculty hold the highest degree possible in their discipline.
  5. Wilkes is named in honor of John Wilkes, a Colonial sympathizer who was often poked fun at for his severely crossed eye.
  6. Wilkes has 23 NCAA Division III teams.
  7. Wilkes has over 80 clubs and organizations.
  8. The Wilkes campus spans 35 acres.
  9. The late Dean George Ralston, "the Father of Wilkes athletics," was the first coach of the football, basketball and baseball programs.
  10. Wilkes opened in 1933 as a two-year campus affiliated with Bucknell University.
  11. The $35 million Cohen Science Center opened in 2013 and is LEED-certified.
  12. Wilkes students, staff, and faculty volunteer more than 64,000 hours each year.
  13. The ratio of male to female undergraduates at Wilkes is practically 1:1.
  14. Wilkes students come from more than 31 states and 15 nations.
  15. Award-winning bodybuilder Frank Zane is a 1964 Wilkes alumnus.
  16. 1991 Wilkes graduate John Robert McLaughlin tussled with Joey Tribbiani in a 1998 episode of NBC's Friends.
  17. There are more than 24,000 living Wilkes alumni.
  18. The Wilkes library contains more than 220,000 books.
  19. The campus bell tower is 61 feet high.
  20. The former Wilkes baseball field is the location of Babe Ruth's longest home run -- more than 600 feet! Read more here.